Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:10PM
National Book Foundation

Nickel Mountain

By John Gardner

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Current Publisher: New Directions; Open Road Integrated Media (ebook)

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: Thomas Pynchon for Gravity’s Rainbow and Isaac Bashevis Singer for A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories

Fiction Judges That Year: Donald Barthelme, James Boatwright, Truman Capote, Timothy G. Foote, Cynthia Ozick

The Year in Literature:

More Information: Gardner always felt responsible for the death of his younger brother Gilbert in a tractor accident on their family’s farm. His short story “Redemption” includes a fictionalized account of the accident.

In 1982, Gardner died in a motorcycle accident at age 49. He is buried next to his brother in Grandview Cemetery in his hometown of Batavia, New York.

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